Children’s Book Review: Dad! I’ve Hurt Myself!, by Andrew Rogerson, Illustrations by Christopher Dodd

Publisher : Clink Street Publishing (1 April 2021)
Language : English
Paperback : 36 pages
ISBN-10 : 1913962393
ISBN-13 : 978-1913962395
Reading Age: 4 – 7 years


This is the story about how a dad tries to distract his daughter when she has hurt herself or feels ill. These are all real moments.

Written by Andrew Rogerson, this book is for anyone who enjoys reading time with their children. It especially highlights the unique relationship between a father and his daughter and shows how acting silly can sometimes distract and defuse a tricky situation.

The book is beautifully illustrated by Christopher Dodd who has a unique perspective because he has known the author for many years and has seen Poppy grow up from being a toddler. The illustrations offer an insight into the world of books and well-known children’s characters providing a wonderful point of discussion between parent and child.


This book shows various attempts by ‘Dad’ to distract ‘Poppy’ after she gets minor booboos. Tea and biscuits, ice cream, sweets and being silly are the main ways ‘Dad’ distracts ‘Poppy’. There’s a list of story references at the back for children to find in the illustrations.

It is quite a funny little story. Very simple to read and understand. There are questions on each page for the reader to ask/answer.

The illustrations are colour pencil drawings in a cheerful, slightly wacky style. There are all sorts of strange creatures and references to a range of nursery rhymes and children’s books. Some of them seem to be on the wrong page for the words, but that might be an ARC feature?

I think the reading age range is a little high, maybe 3 to 5, rather than 4 to 7 years.

Nice little book for early readers.

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